This is my 14th year as an educator. I currently serve as a 5-8 middle school dean in Indianapolis. Previously, I have served as an elementary library/media specialist, an elementary and high school Literacy Coach, an elementary English language learner teacher, and a middle and high school English Teacher. In addition to teaching at the K-12 level, I have been an adjunct instructor at IUPUI since 2013 and Marian University since 2018. I am a strong advocate for urban schools and culturally responsive education.
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• Indiana Black Expo Excellence in Education Journalism Award 2019 • Indiana Black Expo Excellence in Education Award 2019 • Hubbard Life-Changing Teacher Award Semi-Finalist 2017
• Doctoral Student in the Literacy, Culture, and Language Ed.D. program at IU Bloomington • Holds M.S. in Language Education from IUPUI • Holds B.A. in English Education from Purdue University
I am currently a writer and chief editor for Indy K12, and I also edit for EdLanta. I previously edited work for One Public Education, D.C. K12., Second line Blog, Memphis K12, and The Educator’s Room. In addition to writing for Indy K12, I have had work published in various publications such as The 74, Huffington Post, Education Post, Citizen Education, & TWINS Magazine. On March 31, 2019, my husband and I started a book publishing company called Barnes Brothers Books, LLC where we aim to publish diverse books for all readers. Our company is a certified Lexile partner. Currently, we have produced two books which falls in the 2-3 grade Lexile range.